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Copyright Beechers Handmade Cheeses 2009

Copyright Beechers Handmade Cheeses 2009

The Lady brought home two more cheeses made by Seattle’s Beecher’s Handmade Cheeses:

Beecher’s Marco Polo and Flagship

Kurt Beecher Dammeier sure knows how to make cheese. Located at Pike Place Market in Seattle, this cheesemaker crafts his Handmade Cheese using the same techniques that have been used for thousands of years.

On his website, he tells how his mother encouraged him to buy premium cheese at a time when processed cheese was taking over the market. His great-grandfather bought Stilton by the wheel. You can read more about Kurt and his philosophies regarding cheese at the Beecher’s Website.

Copyright Beechers Handmade Cheeses 2009

Copyright Beechers Handmade Cheeses 2009

Marco Polo, named after the Italian who brought the spices back from China, is Beecher’s creamy cheese with green and black peppercorns added to give it a little “kick”, It is delicious.

It is almost as good as Beecher’s No Woman cheese, which I also love and have reviewed earlier on this blog.

This one is close but because I like No Woman better, I give it 3 ¾ Paws out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I got).

Serving Suggestions: Beecher suggests you melt it on a grilled burger or grate it and mix it with a baked potato. I like it grated on my Mixed Grill Classic Pate. I have also nibbled it while tearing the flesh off the Aphelocoma californica californica while sitting on the back deck.

Wine and Beer Pairings:

Wine Pairings: Merlot

Beer Pairings:

Source: Cow’s milk

Awards: 2008 American Cheese Society – First Place – Flavored Cheeses; Gold Medal 2007 World Cheese Awards: Bronze Medal – 2005 World Cheese Awards.

Copyright Beechers Handmade Cheeses 2009

Copyright Beechers Handmade Cheeses 2009

Flagship:

Kurt began his career with Flagship in 2003. This is a semi-hard cheese that is robust and nutty. It crumbles slightly and goes well with crackers or alone.

You can also add it to your favorite Mac and Cheese recipe or use the one that Martha Stewart has featured on her show and that she and Kurt call, “The World’s Greatest Mac n Cheese”.

It’s hard for this feline to pick a favorite of the Beecher Cheeses; they are all quite divine; but No Woman still has my heart.

I give Flagship 3 ½ Paws out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got).

Serving Suggestions: You will enjoy this on a Beecher’s Cracker; in an omelet or in your favorite Mac n Cheese.

Wine and Beer Pairings:

Wine Pairings: Pouilly Fuissee; Syrah

Beer Pairings: India Pale Ale; Hefweisen

Source: Cow’s Milk

Awards: Best Semi-Hard Cow’s Milk Cheese – 2007 American Cheesemaker Awards.

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